Course Code: CMRJ341 Course ID: 2557 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate
The purpose of this course is to educate students regarding the everyday operations of state and federal crime laboratories and the forensic services provided by these organizations. The course is scientifically oriented and will concentrate on the significance of forensic evidence and various testing procedures and instrumentation used to analyze biological, chemical, pattern, and trace items of evidence. Another focus will be the proper recognition, collection and preservation of physical evidence obtained from systematic searches of crime scenes.
|Registration Dates||Course Dates||Session||Weeks|
|12/28/20 - 06/04/21||06/07/21 - 08/01/21||Spring 2021 Session D||8 Week session|
|01/25/21 - 07/02/21||07/05/21 - 08/29/21||Summer 2021 Session B||8 Week session|
|02/22/21 - 07/30/21||08/02/21 - 09/26/21||Summer 2021 Session I||8 Week session|
|03/29/21 - 09/03/21||09/06/21 - 10/31/21||Summer 2021 Session D||8 Week session|
|04/26/21 - 10/01/21||10/04/21 - 11/28/21||Fall 2021 Session B||8 Week session|
|05/21/21 - 10/29/21||11/01/21 - 12/26/21||Fall 2021 Session I||8 Week session|
After successfully completing this course, you will be able to
CO1: Explain the history and development of forensic science as well as the important contributors to the field.
CO2: Describe the services of a typical comprehensive crime laboratory in the criminal justice system.
CO3: Compare and contrast Frye and Daubert decisions as they relate to the admissibility of scientific evidence within a court of law.
CO4: Explain the proper procedures for conducting a systematic search of a crime scene for physical evidence.
CO5: Describe proper techniques for the collection and processing of different forms of physical evidence as well as the proper chain of custody.
CO6: Compare and contrast individual and class characteristics of physical evidence.
CO7: Evaluate the differences between quantitative and qualitative analyses.
CO8: Describe proper collection strategies and laboratory analyses used in conjunction with biological evidence.
Instructions and grading expectations for all forums will appear in the Forums section of the course site.
Instructions and grading expectations for all assignments will appear in the Assignments section of the course site.
Instructions and grading expectations for all exams will appear in the Tests & Quizzes section of the course site.
|Assignment #1||10.00 %|
|Assignment #2||10.00 %|
|Week 1 Forum||5.50 %|
|Week 2 Forum||5.50 %|
|Week 3 Forum||5.50 %|
|Week 4 Forum||5.50 %|
|Week 5 Forum||5.50 %|
|Week 6 Forum||5.50 %|
|Week 7 Forum||5.50 %|
|Week 8 Forum||5.50 %|
|Laboratory Exercises||20.00 %|
|Lab Exercise #1||6.67 %|
|Lab Exercise #2||6.67 %|
|Lab Exercise #3||6.67 %|
|Final Project||15.00 %|
|Final Project||15.00 %|
Weekly lessons and assigned readings are available in the course site.
|Book Title:||Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the course eReserve.*|
Not current for future courses.